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Minister lends a hand

Minister for Justice Brad Hazzard  Attorney General and Minister for Justice Brad Hazzard helped slide a new fencing panel into place at the Outer Metropolitan Multi Purpose Correctional Centre on Tuesday 3 June.

The Minister was there with Corrective Services Commissioner Peter Severin to announce a $20 million security upgrade for seven NSW prisons. New fences and the latest technology will be introduced over three years to keep inmates in and contraband out.

The prisons to receive the upgrades are OMMPCC, John Morony (both near Windsor), Dawn de Loas and the Metropolitan Remand and Reception Centre at Silverwater, Parklea, South Coast at Nowra, and Mid North Coast near Kempsey.

The new internal fence shown in the attached photos will create a wide 'sterile zone' to stop movement, and will be topped with a barrel to make it almost impossible to attach ropes to the top of the fence or climb over it. These initiatives are in addition to the current efforts to keep contraband out of prisons, which include 44,000 visitor searches this year, with 218 refused entry and 55 people charged.

For more information on the new initiatives, check out the media release also in this News section of the website.